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 2016 Tour Season: June through September on Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-4 PM
All other times by appointment year round.  (630) 584-8485
                                               Scout groups welcome! Special classes for badges may be requested.                                               

Printable 2016 Calendar (pdf format - Adobe Acrobat required)

Creative Writing Workshop
January 24 1pm. All experience levels are welcome to explore the museum’s grounds for inspiration and participate in a writing skills session instructed by Crystal Hollis, MA. Additional dates are TBA, please ask for more information. Reservations required. $6

Backyard Chickens
Feb 13 1pm. Interested in having a small flock of backyard chickens but don’t know where to start? Join staff members Dave Bauer and Samira Bamberger for an introduction to raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Reservations preferred. $6

Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 20 8:30am-4:30pm Learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands, and wetlands. Reservations required. $55 includes lunch

Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 6 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, a Seed Savers Exchange orchardist. Reservations required. $30

Fox Valley 59th Annual Antique Show
March 12-13 Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm. Produced by Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA) to benefit Garfield Farm Museum hosted at Kane County Fairgrounds. $8

Chicken “Manhattan” Project
March 19 10am. Want to learn more about the Java “Manhattan” Project?” Museum staff member Dave Bauer will share more on the secrets of chicken genetics. Reservations preferred. $20 includes lunch

Herb Gardening
April 10 1pm Museum Assistant Samira Bamberger will host a hands-on workshop for all skill levels interested in growing herbs. Price includes 3 plants. Reservations required. $10

Early American Farming

April 16 1pm Museum volunteer Judith Broggi will discuss the early American farming tradition of Massachusetts, its contribution to the success of the Revolution, and influence on Illinois history. $6

Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April 23 9:30am. Tour the museum’s Harley Pond and Woods with staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6 adults/$3 children

Museum Awards Banquet
April 30 6pm–9pm. Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55

Rare Breeds Show
May 22 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic livestock.  Individual breeders may offer livestock, poultry, and byproducts for sale. $6 adults/$3 children

Tours
June 1-September 28 1-4pm every Wednesday and Sunday and open year-round by appointment. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Suggested donation of $3 adults/$2 children

Genealogy –Skills for the Family Historian
June 12 1pm. Join Museum Assistant Samira Bamberger to learn about the skills needed and resources available for researching and preserving family history and genealogy. Reservations preferred. $6

Prairie Walk
July 9 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6 adults/$3 children

Garfield Farm Camps
July 12-14, 19-21 9am-Noon. Children ages 8-15 will learn about 1840s farm and prairie life. Activities include feeding animals and museum tours. Reservations required. $75 per week

Archaeology Field Session I
July TBA Wed-Sun 8am-4pm. A 2 week session for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.

Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug 7 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade, and sell antique and collectable tools. $6 adults/$3 children

Archaeology Field Session II
August TBA Wed-Sun 8am-4pm. A 2 week session for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.

Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 28 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children
 
Prairie Walk
Sept 10 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6 adults/$3 children

Student Harvest Days
Sept 30 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limited to 600 students. Reservations required. $5 students/$4 adults

Harvest Days
Oct 2 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food.  $6 adults/$3 children

Blacksmithing 101 & 201

Oct 8 Staff member Joseph Coleman’s Blacksmithing 101 lecture and demonstration at 10am and Blacksmithing 201 at 1pm will feature hands-on experience. Reservations required. $8 for 101 and $40 for 201

Barns 101 & 201
Oct 15 Staff member Dave Bauer’s Barns 101 lecture at 10am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture

Volunteer Party
Nov. 13 3-6 pm. For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards makes for a fun evening.

Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 3 & 4 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.


For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: info@garfieldfarm.org or call 630/584-8485.

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